Of Human Bondage (Bantam Classic) Mass Market Paperback – 1 June 1991
|Mass Market Paperback, 1 June 1991||
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- Publisher : RHUS; Reprint edition (1 June 1991)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 736 pages
- ISBN-10 : 055321392X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0553213928
- Item Weight : 329 g
- Dimensions : 10.59 x 2.95 x 17.48 cm
- Country of Origin : USA
- Best Sellers Rank: #43,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ten of us readers gathered in the Lounge of the Club to read passages from Of Human Bondage that gave them insights into the wounded psychology of the hero, Philip Carey, and at the same time, provided searing picture portraits of life in all the places he lived.
The hero ceaselessly adventures in quest of meaning in life and pursues his early passion to draw and paint in Paris. En route he encounters numerous women, all different, all capable of attracting (and repelling) Philip. His education in life continues, and he fails at almost everything he tries. His torment at the hands of women, are as torturous as the buffets of fortune he suffers.
Readers discussed Maugham’s other novels and short stories. Nearly everyone had read some Maugham story or novel in the time of youth, but returning to it in maturity gave completely new insights. What was only a story becomes a saga of self-discovery.
The premise and events in book are something which we can relate easily and feel nostalgic
The writing is exceptional, it's a good story and this is considered to be Somerset Maugham's best work.
It is in list of the greatest novels ever written or something like that.
It is worth the price.
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We see Philip moving from earnest piety to the conscious rejection of religion, with the startling sense of freedom this brings, trying out a variety of occupations, experimenting with romantic escapades but, to the reader’s frustration, continually falling under the influence of a woman who seems likely to destroy his future. Apart from providing a profound study of Philip’s thoughts and changing emotions, this is interesting for the details of daily life in late Victorian/Edwardian England: what things cost, how people trained for various qualifications, what they wore or ate and so on.
This reminds me of Michel Leon’s more recent “The Foundling Boy” (Le Jeune Homme Vert) published recently, but strikes a more serious and realistic note. Maugham should not be condemned for his narrator’s snobbish tone towards, say Cockney clerks or young women unaware of their lack of class as they fret over their respectability, since he must himself have been an inevitable product of the stuffy conventions in which he was raised. Yet, despite its often slow pace and dated attitudes, this classic stands the test of time and still deserves to be read for the wry humour, fluency and insight of the author’s warped genius.
On reading this novel again, I was surprised at just how meandering it was - we read of schooldays and bullying (Philip has a club foot and his deformity makes him overly sensitive throughout much of his life), varying career paths, years in Paris attempting to be an artist, life as a medical student and several love stories. The central and dominant affair though is that with Mildred Rogers; tall and thin, insolent and rude, of a lower social class and with whom he becomes utterly besotted.
This is W. Somerset Maugham's most personal and autobiographical novel and it is both ambitious and wide ranging. I hesitate to say this, but I imagine any author would have problems getting a novel like this published today, which is a shame. For although it is very long and despite the fact that no particular character, including that of Philip himself, is totally sympathetic, it is a book that will stay with you. Maugham was a great author and this is a true classic.